With nothing to lose, the Deccan Chargers hit the field with the aim to spoil the party for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who were looking to seal their berth for the playoffs in a must-win game. But the result was a heartbreak for Bangalore dugout as the home team defeated the visitors by 9 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.
The way Deccan began their innings, the match was heading towards an early finish. Shikhar Dhawan was dimissed in an unfortunate manner off the last ball of Zaheer Khan’s first over. The ball shraply moved in for Dhawan as Khan appealed for a caught behind which was turned down by the umpire. But Chris Gayle was the first to notice that one of the bails had been removed and the replays confirmed that the off bail was knocked by the bail as it went to the keeper.
Akshath Reddy (7), Cameron White (1) and Kumar Sangakkara (15) were dimissed early as Deccan slumped to 51/4. From there on, Duminy added crucial 71 runs for the fifth wicket. Duminy was dismissed off the penultimate ball of 18th over and Deccan managed to post a respectable total of 132 runs.
By the end of 15 overs, the Chargers had scored 67 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Duminy launched Vinay Kumar for first six of the innings in the 16th over. Duminy all of a sudden accelerated as he scored 15 runs from the 17th over bowled by Zaheer Khan. But the deciding over was to be bowled by theMuralitharan. The South African hit the spin wizard for three sixes in his last over which produced 20 runs. From 67/4, Deccan managed to score 132 runs at the end of 20 overs.
Vinay Kumar was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers as he picked three wickets, two of which came from the last two ball of the innings. Meanwhile Zaheer Khan used all his experience to contain runs in the death over as he also scalped two wickets.
Steyn bowled a brilliant first over and both openers Gayle and Dilshan, gave full respect to the champion seamer. But Gayle clobbered Gony for two sixes and three boundaries. In his second over, Steyn surprised Gayle with an excellent bouncer and scalped the Jamaican off the very next ball. Steyn also picked up the wicket of Dilshan who was caught plumb in front of the wicket.
To add to Bangalore’s woes, Amit Mishra continued his good form as he dismissed AB de Villiers (4) and Mayank Agarwal (1) in his second over. Bangalore went on the backfoot from there on and even though Virat Kohli tried to play a match-winning knock (42 from 40), his dismissal in the 16th over proved to be the final nail in the coffin.
Gayle’s early dismissal has always been a major blow for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and this match was no different. They were hugely dependent on overseas players, Gayle in particular, to win most of the matches for them.
While the Hyderbad dugout left the field on a winning note, their victory would have come as a huge relief for the Chennai Super Kings who have now qualified for the playoffs. They have seen all the results go in their favour and keeping in mind their red hot form in the last few matches, the defending champions are now just two wins away from a hat-trick of IPL titles.
Yesterday Rajasthan by losing the match with Deccan Chargers They lost their Play off in IPL 5
Pune and Deccan Already lost the chances to play the play off in IPL 5 So only 6 teams to fight for play off in this IPL 5
Kolkatta Knight Riders Won The Match By 32 Runs, Mumbai Struggles with The Force of KKR and Lost the Match by 32 Runs, Kolkatta Knight Riders Moves to The 2nd Place By Dropping Mumbai, Man of The Match Manoj Tiwary who Scored 46 Runs For KKR.
After a slow start, Mumbai Indians lost wickets in heap as Kolkata Knight Riders successfully defended their modest total of 140 runs to secure a sensational 32-run victory at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
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Chasing 141, Mumbai Indians looked uncomfortable right from the start against a disciplined Kolkata attack that skittled out the hosts for 108 with five balls to spare.
Iqbal Abdulla struck in his first over to remove Herschelle Gibbs, giving Mumbai first jolt after a steady start.
Gibbs scored 13 and shared 26-run opening stand with Sachin Tendulkar for the first wicket in six overs.
Though Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik steadied the innings, Kolkata fought back after the strategic time out to send back both batsmen in quick succession.
Spinner Sunil Narine spun magic to bowl out Sachin Tendulkar (27) before L Balaji got Karthik (20) caught by Yusuf Pathan, hurting Mumbai Indians chase.
Karthik's dismissal reduced Mumbai to 66/3 in 13 overs.
Mumbai then lost wickets at regular intervals with asking rate soaring up at the same time.
Mumbai's biggest bet, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard too failed to throw any challenge to the visitors.
Earlier, disciplined bowling by Mumbai Indians restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 140/7 in the IPL clash at speedy Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Seeking a victory to seal a play-off berth, MI were on top from the time skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to field after winning the toss as their bowlers, led by R P Singh, kept the rival batsmen on a tight leash.
There was little of note in KKR's innings, which never kept going after the loss of opener Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis in successive balls to R P Singh.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir made 27 off 23 balls with a six and three fours, while Manoj Tiwary scored an attractive 41 off 43 balls with two sixes and as many fours before both threw away their wickets.
The lower order batsmen tried their bit and managed to add 46 runs in the last five overs, with Yusuf Pathan making an unbeaten 21 in 21 balls with two fours, but the score looked below par on a track that looked good for batting.
For MI, who had lost their previous home game to Royal Challengers Bangalore by a big margin, R P Singh led the bowling honours with figures of two for 33 while Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith all picked up a wicket apiece.
KKR were rocked on the back foot by R P Singh who packed off McCullum (1) and Kallis (0) off successive balls in his first over, and the innings' second.
While McCullum got the wrong end of a dubious umpiring decision, Kallis had his off stump uprooted by a peach of a delivery from R P Singh.
R P Singh was denied a hat-trick by Manoj Tiwary, but the scoring rate fell down because of these two quick wickets.
Gambhir, who began with a superb straight drive off the first ball of the match from Munaf Patel, was a bit fortunate not to have been dismissed on nine as he was dropped by Sachin Tendulkar at third man fence off R P Singh.
MI struck another major blow soon after the end of the strategic time-out when Pollard packed off Gambhir with a ball that held its line and took the top of his off stump.
Gambhir's stand of 38 in 42 balls for the third wicket with Tiwary helped the visitors steady their ship.
Tiwary was, however, lucky when umpire Billy Doctrove did not uphold a confident caught behind appeal by Dinesh Karthik off Pollard.
At the half-way stage of their allotted overs, the visitors had moved up to 54 for three.
The 12th over, third by Harbhajan Singh, proved fruitful for KKR when it yielded 14 runs with Tiwary cutting the off-spinner for a four and then lofting him for a six.
The Bengal batsman then stepped out to smack Malinga for a huge six over the sight screen in the next over.
At the other end, Shakib-al Hasan played a poor shot and got bowled trying to pull Dwayne Smith to an end the productive 29-ball 45-run fourth wicket partnership with Tiwary.
Tiwary too fell immediately afterwards, caught at long off by Malinga off Munaf's last over as KKR slumped to 91 for five. The foolish run out of Debabrata Das in the next over made life more difficult for the visitors.
Pathan led a charmed life. He top-edged and got a four, was caught off a no-ball and added 29 runs in 16 balls for the seventh wicket with Rajat Bhatia (12) that improved the score.
Nothing is sacrosanct and no situation safe. Deccan Chargers would have thought they had pulled the plug on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chase when A.B. de Villiers caught the match by its scruff and turned it around.
The South African pummeled 47 runs in 17 balls – with three sixes and five fours – as Bangalore gunned down Chargers’ imposing 181-2 with five wickets and seven balls to spare at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night.
Sixty-two were needed from 26 balls and then 39 from 18, when de Villiers’ offensive reached a crescendo in Dale Steyn’s 18th over. The South African paceman had bowled his first two for just seven runs and would have had no idea what was about to hit him.
De Villiers creamed 23 from Steyn’s six balls, including two sixes one of which was blazed over extra-cover off a searing yorker. And when similar treatment was meted out to Anand Rajan in the 19th over, the match could have ended only one way. The onslaught ensured that Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 71 at the top of the order and the 91-run partnership he shared with Chris Gayle was not squandered.
Bangalore stuttered as the openers, followed by Virat Kohli and Asad Pathan, were out in quick succession, but de Villiers, with a little help from Mayank Agarwal, drove the home team to a five-wicket win.
Earlier, Chargers’ top three all came good as the visiting side posted a strong 181-2 after Bangalore elected to field on a track with some movement for bowlers. Shikhar Dhawan came good with his third IPL-V half-century and featured in two big partnerships that allowed Chargers to take control, after the team had endured a testing first phase.
Dhawan added 86 with Daniel Harris and 82 in just 7.2 overs with Cameron White. The India prospect launched into Abhimanyu Mithun to get things moving, even as Harris biffed Zaheer Khan for maximum to keep his side of the bargain.
Muttiah Muralitharan, who replaced Daniel Vettori in the eleven, came on in the seventh over and immediately caused problem for Harris. But runs continued to flow at the other end, as Dilshan leaked them, six at a time.
After Harris was run-out, White walked in and continued from where the former had left. Dhawan meanwhile had begun to target the debutant Prasanth Parameswaran, who was clouted to the fence – and once over it – as he lost his radar.
The innings gained in momentum as the business end arrived, and the last five overs yielded 64. White pulled Abhimanyu Mithun for four and six and lofted a Zaheer Khan slow delivery high over long-off. Zaheer conceded another maximum on the last ball of the innings. Dhawan finished unbeaten on 73, a knock around which the Chargers compiled their huge total. Muralitharan was exceptional amid the carnage, conceding just 18 in his four overs.
Dwayne Smith massacred Ben Hilfenhaus for 14 off the last three balls to snatch a thrilling two-wicket win for Mumbai Indians over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
Mumbai were poised to ruin a solid platform that Sachin Tendulkar (76) and Rohit Sharma (60) provided their team in their chase of Chennai’s 173, as they lost seven wickets for 25 runs in under four overs, and were left with 16 to get in the last six deliveries.
The conclusion appeared foregone once Hilfenhaus bowled the first three deliveries for just two runs and a wicket, but Smith ruined the commendable first half of the over with three blazing hits – 6, 4, 4 – as the Australian failed to land his yorkers during crunch time. Smith was declared Man of the match for his pivotal nine-ball 24. Spare a thought for Hilfenhaus, who had bowled his first three overs for just 18, before getting the stick when it mattered most.
Set a target of 174 after electing to field, Mumbai were comfortably placed when Tendulkar and Rohit added 126 for the second wicket. The maestro signaled his return to top form with 11 boundaries, and a six off Albie Morkel that was caressed all the way over fine leg.
Tendulkar was out to a blinder by Faf du Plessis, triggering Mumbai’s implosion. Dinesh Karthik, Rohit, Ambatti Rayudu, Robin Peterson, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga all departed in quick succession, leaving it to Smith to decide the match with a brutal last-gasp onslaught against Hilfenhaus.
Earlier, Chennai was sent in by Harbhajan and rode on a series of cameos to post a competitive 173. Faf du Plessis was run out after a mix up with M. Vijay, but the latter, who had hogged most of the strike, made up for it by finally finding some form.
Vijay slammed a 29-ball 41 to get his team off to a blazing start. He was particularly severe on Munaf Patel, who Vijay carted for 24 runs – including three sixes – as Chennai went hell for leather.
R.P. Singh kept things quiet in the middle phases, but Suresh Raina was soon back to doing what he does best. The southpaw dumped Dwayne Smith for two sixes, over wide long-on and deep midwicket, and was out to a sharp catch by R.P. Singh, which brought to the crease skipper M.S. Dhoni.
Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo collaborated for 44 in just under four overs and although Malinga returned to bowl with his usual control – aside for the couple of fours that Bravo picked off him - Chennai finished with a decent total, one that looked enough until Smith turned the match around in the last three balls.